Career Changer Secondary Scholarships

The 2018 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships are now closed.

The 2018 Career Changer Secondary Scholarships closed on Monday 9 October 2017.

TeachNZ scholarships are subject to change each year, including the categories, types and numbers of scholarships available.

Please check the scholarships table on the TeachNZ website in September to receive updated information on scholarships available for 2019.

If you're thinking of applying, we can also offer you some helpful advice before you complete your application. Click here to find out more.

Note: You do not need to be enrolled in an approved teaching programme when applying for a TeachNZ scholarship.


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The information below applies to the 2018 TeachNZ Career Changer Scholarships.

These scholarships are available for people who are either proficient or fluent in te reo Māori, have a depth of life and work experience, and who wish to change careers to work as a secondary teacher, or currently have Limited Authority to Teach and wish to study to become a qualified teacher.

There are two types of scholarships available:

  • Tipu Whakarito Te Reo Māori – for people wanting to teach te reo Māori as a subject in secondary schools.
  • Te Waka Whakarei – for people wanting to teach a secondary subject in te reo Māori in wharekura.

They provide financial assistance so the loss of income you experience while studying is not a barrier to obtaining a teaching qualification.

These scholarships are for people commencing study towards an approved Graduate Diploma/Master of Secondary Teaching at the start of the 2018 academic year.

Need help?

You can learn more about scholarships by reading our Scholarships: Frequently Asked Questions page.

Remember, we're here to help. If you have any questions, you can email us on teachnz.admin@education.govt.nz or call us during business hours on 0800 165 225.

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